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The Brave Women of Kruščica: From »right to water« to political power?

Through the case study of the Brave Women of Kruščica from Bosnia and Herzegovina, we define the ways in which the emancipatory political space emerges from, expands and goes beyond the specific struggle for the »right to water«. The study is located at the intersection of social ecology, feminism and community political practices, using conceptual tools such as political subjectivity and transgenerationality in order to problematize the connections and discrepancies between political agency and the concept of »right to water«. The subject of the study is also gaining insight into what are the emerging social, economic and cultural consequences of the specific struggle for the right to water for the wider civil community in Kruščica? Under the assumption that the struggle for water of the Brave women of Kruščica is also an emancipatory struggle of women (and children), as well as the struggle of the river through the agency of the villagers, and vice versa - the struggle of the villagers through the agency of the river, the article aims to contribute to the debate on the right to a healthy living environment, trapped within the limited space established by the technocratic system of human rights and the humanitarian-legalistic discourse. The research methodology used in the study is qualitative in nature, mainly focused on the review and interpretive analysis of primary and secondary literature, including discourse analysis of publicly available multimedia material (videos, texts and interviews). Understanding as many aspects of local struggles as possible, such as the struggle of the women from Kruščica, is crucial for placing these and similar phenomena in the wider structure of politics, above all in the sense of moving from invisible to visible articulations of political action or the practice of actors, who in principle are perceived as apolitical within an institutional perception of politics. Ultimately, such studies serve as a tool to reveal and explain power relations that may be hidden, but are inherently responsible for the creation of political narratives, identities and, last but not least, rights.


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Issue No. 287 - A Journey for Life = La gira por la vida
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2022 , volume volume 50 , issue issue 287
12,90 € each (incl. tax - DDV)
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